There’s no question that British Festivals are among the best in the world. Though I’ll not go as far as to claim that we invented the modern format, there’s certainly no question that we did our fair share of pioneering – and continue to now.
That being said, there’s one thing the majority of overseas festivals are able to consistently offer that events in the UK simply can’t - sunshine. Nothing compliments a weekend of great music, company and drinks like a spot of weather.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, more and more people look across Europe when weighing up their options these days. It’s hard to blame them; with cheap airfare, highly reasonable ticket prices and line-ups on the level of those available here – it’s all to play for.
There’s no festival like Outlook Festival. Taking place in an actual Medieval Fort in rural Croatia next to a beach (!!!), it brings together the absolute cream of urban, roots, soundsytem and dance scene from across the world and throws an absolute mad one that’s half the price of Glastonbury and probably twice as spiritually significant.
Now in its tenth year, this year looks huge to say the least: Dizzee Rascal, Ghostface Killah, Giggs, Wiley, General Levy, Congo Natty, Loyle Carner, Manny’s own Bugzy Malone and Shy FX – I could go on.
Taking place between Barcelona and Oporto, Primavera Sound is growing quickly to become one of the world’s premier music events. It’s hardly surprising, with some of the world’s most impactful acts performing in serene Iberian surroundings.
Big hitters included in this years line-up include Arcade Fire, Frank Ocean, Flying Lotus, Solange, Slayer and England’s own Skepta. How’s that for variety!?
Rural Belgium in mid-august is surprisingly temperate, trust us. Pukkelpop is Belgium’s premier mainstream and alternative music festival. Year upon year they serve up an absolute blinder of a bill and lo, people flock from far and wide to take it all in.
This year the event is topped by Chance the Rapper, Bastille, Mumford & Sons, Flume, Boys Noize as well as returning Texan rock titans At The Drive In.
Belgium’s just across the water lads and lasses. August is a while away yet. Get on it!